Army & Navy - Up from the Mud

The ponderous, delicate job of righting the U.S.S. Lafayette began cautiously last week. In his operations office aboard the wreck, Merritt-Chapman & Scott's tough, salvage-wise John I. Tooker signaled his pump men. Too slowly for a waiting eye to see, the big dead ship moved in her muddy grave. Only the high-water mark etched on her nearly vertical deck revealed the inching gain.

It was hard for "Cap"' Tooker. who had superintended the long preparations and who now shared with the Navy's Captain B. E. Manseau the responsibility of the raising, to decide...